Things To Do

San Diego: This Weekend (June 14-17)

Top events in town this weekend include PACIFIC’s Margarita Month Grand Tasting, San Diego International Beer Festival, San Diego County Fair 5K and Carne Asada Fries Fest. 

6.14: San Diego’s Gay Bar History documentary viewing party

Head to Hillcrest’s The Rail to join the celebration and watch the new KPBS documentary, “San Diego’s Gay Bar History,” where the storied spaces of local gay bars are celebrated for all the things they were to their patrons, and for all of the things they had to be. Read more about the documentary here— Karla Peterson

The Rail: 3796 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest,

the rail

The Rail.

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6.15-16: Whitney Cummings 

“Use your head. You know, if you love me, you’ll think ahead. Little things, like, if you love me, and you buy me lingerie as a gift, don’t buy me a small top and a medium bottom. If you love you, you’ll buy me a large top and a small bottom, and I’ll exchange that shit on my own time.” — Whitney Cummings on I Love You

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Whitney Cummings

Comedian Whitney Cummings performs on stage as ELLE hosts Women In Comedy event with July Cover Star Kate McKinnon at Public Arts at Public on June 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for ELLE)

(Brad Barket / Getty Images for ELLE)

6.15-16: InterGalactiCon

Unleash your inner fan at this intimate event where you can nerd out without the anxiety that generally accompanies next month’s colossal con. — Michael Benninger


Town and Country Hotel, Mission Valley,


Group of cosplayers dressed as characters from DC Comics at the Yorkshire Cosplay Convention at Sheffield Arena.

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6.15: Borgeous  

Miami-based DJ John Borger has released numerous singles over the last five years, and dropped his debut LP, 13, in 2016. He released an album of remixes and seven more singles last year, returning in March with new track, Making Me Feel— Scott McDonald 

@ OMNIA,  



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6.15: Anna Lunoe 

The L.A.-based DJ, singer, producer, radio show host and recent CRSSD Festival veteran was the first woman to mix for Ministry of Sound in her home country of Australia, and in 2016, became the first solo female to perform on the main stage of EDC Vegas. In March, Lunoe released her latest single, Blaze of Glory, on her own label, Hyperhouse. — Scott McDonald 

@ Spin, 

Anna Lunoe

Anna Lunoe.

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6.15-17: San Diego International Beer Festival

California’s biggest beer fest is back with nearly 200 breweries serving signature suds and hard-to-find favorites with a handful of educational demonstrations led by the industry’s best. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

San Diego International Beer Festival

There are lots of beer events this summer; this one gives you a taste of what's beyond the U.S.

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6.16: Hayden James 

The Aussie producer and singer toured with Odesza and Disclosure, wrote a song on Katy Perry’s Witness album and scored a No. 2 hit in his home country with last year’s single, Numb. His latest, Just Friends (feat. Boy Matthews), was released in April. — Scott McDonald 

@ Quartyard, 

Hayden James

Hayden James.

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6.16: 4th annual Margarita Month Grand Tasting Event

Taste dozens of margaritas created by the cit’s top bars and restaurants while enjoying Mexican munchies and rocking out to mariachi/DJ beats. More than 25 mini-margaritas are included with the tickets, which can be purchased here ($25 advance/$40 at the door).

Horton Grand Hotel, Gaslamp,


Margarita Month Grand Tasting Event
For 31 days in May, some of San Diego's top bars and restaurants made signature drinks for Margarita Month. On June 17, 2017, more than 1,000 people attended the Grand Tasting Event, where they got to sip margaritas at Horton Grand Hotel in downtown. (David Brooks)
(David Brooks / David Brooks)

6.16: Barks & Brews Beer Festival

Head to the waterfront with your favorite furry friend to enjoy a day of local and national craft breweries, clothing and oof vendors, and dog contests ( including best dressed and a doggie talent contest).

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Embarcadero Waterfront,

bavarian beer dog

Ocean Beach Beer Fest will be a dog-friendly event.

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6.16: Larry the Cable Guy 

“Been a crazy week for me this week. My grandma was on medical marijuana, and she broke her hip the other day. She tripped playin’ hacky sack.” — Larry the Cable Guy on We’ve Been Thinking

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

Larry the Cable Guy

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy speaks onstage during The Walt Disney Family Museum's 2nd Annual Gala at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at The Disneyland Resort on November 1, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Family Museum)

(Joe Scarnici / Getty Images for The Walt Disney Family Museum)

6.16: RITZ (Rendezvous in the Zoo)

A magical evening of cocktails, gourmet dining and animals await you at this annual black-tie gala benefit taking place beneath the stars. — Michael Benninger

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park,

6.16: The Secret Society of Adultologists: Summer Camp

Remember back to the days of summer camps. Maybe you were the awkward kid with braces or the shy kid who didn’t want to participate in any activities. Well, now’s your chance to hit the restart button or relive the days of summer camp glory during The Secret Society of Adultologists: Summer Camp edition — complete with good food, science activities and a rooftop bar.

San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Baloa Park,

6.16: Fifth annual San Diego County Fair 5K

See a whole new side of the famous county fair during this behind-the-scenes run/walk that takes place before the park gates open to the public. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

San Diego County Fair 5K

Before the fair opens, get an exclusive look during the 5K.


6.16: 24th annual Taste of the Gaslamp

San Diego’s original culinary tour is back with more than 20 of the Gaslamp’s best  restaurants and an epic beer garden courtesy of Karl Strauss Brewery. — Michael Benninger

Throughout the Gaslamp,

6.16: North Park Beer Co. second annual IPA Festival

Be there when North Park’s eponymous brewery celebrates its second birthday with an epic IPA event where guests and judges vote for their most-beloved beer. — Michael Benninger

North Park Beer Co., North Park,

North Park Beer Co. 2nd annual IPA Festival

Hop into North Park Beer Co. for a sip or two of the many IPA selections. 

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6.16: Carne Asada Fries Fest

Nosh on an assortment of asada fries from 15 different restaurants, then wash down that deliciousness with a perfectly paired brew or cocktail at the live concert. — Michael Benninger

Chula Vista Marina Park, Chula Vista,

6.16-17: A Ship in the Woods Music and Arts Festival

This inaugural outdoor music and art festival invites attendees to experience a lineup of diverse and notable performers representing a wide range of genres and focusing on protecting our environment. — Michael Benninger

Felicita County Park, Escondido,

A Ship in the Woods

This new event mixes music with environmental consciousness. 

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